We missed the birth of this seal by less than 15 minutes. While the mother was still exhaused of the childbirth, the puppy was trying to figure out what is going on... and where the milk gets delivered.
I spotted this beautiful ice structure next to a path in Johnsbach - some flash helped to bring out the details.
Distant Rain Shower
On a boat trip, you could see the heavy rainfall in the distance, with the layered mountains in the background.
Details of a rusty pillar at the Helgoland Dune. Salt water is extremely corrosive.
This picture was taken using a diffusor as backdrop, with some slight exposure adjustments to get a true white background.
What was left of a thistle - it was beautiful to look at the structure and the forms, about to be embedded in a spider web.
Eagle in Snowfall
On a boat sailing through Trollfjord, this eagle did get really close to the boat and was waiting for some fish from the boat crew.
A nice shot of a flying Northern Gannet - in the background you can see the sun reflecting off the waves.
50% of the worldwide population of Blue-Footed Boobies resides on Galapagos. Their mating dance is exciting to watch, if you are lucky.
The Other Waves
I found this feather on a beach, the details reminded me of ocean waves.
You talkin' to me?
This eagle image was taken at the Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich, during a live show - the bird was held by one of the guards.
Somewhere in Messina
On a lakeshore this wooden construct reminded of previous times.
Brooklyn Bridge: Above & Ahead
This picture of Brookly bridge was taken with a Fisheye lens - I was standing right next to the pillar and was fascinated by the wiring.
it is fascinating to look into the eyes of a husky with two diffeent eye colors (heterochromia). With exception of the eyes, the picture was converted to B&W to enhance this effect.
A Northern Gannet caressing his partner
The Flip Side
After taking this picture, I was made aware that the bloody nose is a sign of lung worm infection, which is responsible for a high death rate among seal pups since 2010.
This picture was taken on a rather dull day. Only after the conversion to B&W the drama in the clouds became much more prominent.
This Eider Duck walked up and down the beach, trying to impress female ducks.
Before You Leave...
With only a few seeds still attached, the dandelion has nearly fulfilled its purpose.
This picture is all about the balance of two colors. I really like the perfect symmetry of the buds.
Exit To Tracks
Central Station - I was fascinated by the various exits to the tracks, they are like portals into a different time.
Procession Into the Light
Taken from a helicopter, I was able to capture the brief moment where the sun broke through the clouds and illuminated just one ship.
This structure was a leftover of an abandoned beehive, it is molten wax. The color effect was created by sunlight reflecting off skin.
This is one from a series if sunrise photos I shot on that day. To capture this, I had to get up at 04:30 in the morning, but the results were worth it.
Amsterdam is a beautiful place for taking reflection shots - the opportunities are endless. You just have to look for the right combination of colors.
Lost in Space
The Danube river creates beautiful structures in the overflow areas, and sometimes you are lucky to spot a scene like this one.
Located on the East coast of Lofoten islands, you can see Reine Kirke in the background, on the right.
While I was taking pictures of this seal, it noticed me and started to observe what I am doing. The original picture was almost monochromatic, so I converted to B&W to bring out the details of the seal and the water.
Hidden behind his partner, this Northern Gannet anxiously observed me while I was watching them both.
Actually this tiny island is part of a river bank scenery. But the fog was so thick that the trees in the background became invisible.
Life and Death
One bird got stuck in part of a fishing net and was already dead for a couple of days... but offspring is in the works.
Huskies often curl up and cover their nose with their tail to provide additional warmth. The snow flakes and the conversion to B&W support the impression of very low temperatures.
Misty Pebble Beach
An overcast sky allowed a four minute exposure of these stones, using a strong ND filter - the result is glowing mist.
Well... I cannot publish a gallery without a single b/w picture 🙂 So here is another dandelion, converted using a high-contrast style.
Great Blue Heron
This Heron landed on a nearby sand dune, watching out for freshly hatched turtles on their way to the sea. In reality, hatched turtles can only survive when they hatch at night, in complete darkness.
This four-minute exposure of a stone in a floating river was later converted to black and white using Silver Efex 2. I especially like the contrast between the rock details and the smooth water.
Noto - Corso Vittorio Emanuele III
Noto city center, as seen from the church tower. The sun was low and in exactly the right position.
Creek in Autumn
This long(er) exposure of a creek balances the beautiful color of the birch trees in the background with the rock and the smooth water in the foreground.
Usually you will find Iguanas on the beach, next to the water. They remain rather immobile until their bodies have been warmed by the sun.
This picture was taken as part of an assignment to document the lesser known part of Helgoland. This factory chimney is a landmark, and I decided on a B&W conversion to emphasize the extremely bad weather we had at that day.
These birds are tiny, about 10 cm in length. I was actually taking pictures of seals, when this guy sat down next to me and started his morning stretching exercises.
While not visible in the picture, the aurora was slowly moving, like a curtain in the wind.
The purpose of this image was to keep the bright green background, it matches the fragile structure of the dandelion.